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Cherry Blossom Festival seeks applicants for annual pageant

July 22nd, 2016

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2016Alexis Sayuri Okihara was crowned queen of the 64th Cherry Blossom Festival on March 26. Applications to participate in next year's pageant must be postmarked by Aug. 1.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2016

Alexis Sayuri Okihara was crowned queen of the 64th Cherry Blossom Festival on March 26. Applications to participate in next year's pageant must be postmarked by Aug. 1.


Time is running out for Hawaii residents with at least 50 percent Japanese ancestry to submit an application for the 65th Cherry Blossom Festival.

For the first time, ladies who are 27 or 28 years old may apply; the age limit had previously been 26 years old.

According to festival organizers, Cherry Blossom Queen contestants are selected “for their dedication to perpetuating Japanese culture, commitment to education and passion for community service. Over the course of several months, those selected to compete in the festival pageant take part in cultural activities like taiko drumming, traditional Japanese tea ceremony, bon dance and calligraphy.

Next year’s Cherry Blossom Festival queen will be selected in March during the festival’s annual gala event and coronation ceremony.

For consideration, applicants must complete a registration form, provide relevant documentation and pay a $30 application fee. Entries must be postmarked by Aug. 1.

Download an application online at www.cbfhawaii.com; email cbfhawaii.contestantsearch@gmail.com for more information.
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Jason Genegabus has covered the local entertainment, nightlife, music and bar scenes since 2001. Contact him via email at jason@staradvertiser.com.

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